An example of a trinket is a cheap ring from a vending machine or an inexpensive necklace on which you spent only a few dollars.
- a small, inexpensive ornament, piece of jewelry, etc.
- a trifle or toy
Origin of trinketMiddle English trenket, shoemakers' knife, ladies' toy knife, ornament ; from Norman French trenquet ; from Old French trenchet ; from trenchier, to cut: see trench
- A small ornament, such as a piece of jewelry.
- A trivial thing; a trifle.
Origin of trinketOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present trinkets, present participle trinketing, simple past and past participle trinketed)
Old English trenket (“a sort of knife, hence, probably, a toy knife worn as an ornament"); probably from an Old French dialectic form of trenchier (“to cut"). Compare trench.